– On Monday, November 14, you have a rare chance to see a spectacular sight. The supermoon will be the closest full Moon to Earth since 1948. Make sure you out and watch it because we won’t see another supermoon like this until 2034.
The Moon’s orbit around Earth is slightly elliptical so sometimes it is closer and sometimes it’s farther away. When the Moon is full as it makes its closest pass to Earth it is known as a supermoon.
At perigee— the point at which the moon is closest to Earth — the Moon can be as much as 14 percent closer to Earth than at apogee, when the Moon is farthest from our planet. The full Moon appears that much larger in diameter and because it is larger shines 30 percent more moonlight onto the Earth.
If you are interested in photographing the supermoon, NASA and Space.com have some great tips for you.
If you are in the United States, you have the best view of the brightest and biggest Moon on Monday morning just before dawn.
I’ve been telling people to go out at night on either Sunday or Monday night to see the supermoon,” said Noah Petro, deputy project scientist for NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission.
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“The difference in distance from one night to the next will be very subtle, so if it’s cloudy on Sunday, go out on Monday. Any time after sunset should be fine. Since the Moon is full, it’ll rise at nearly the same time as sunset, so I’d suggest that you head outside after sunset, or once it’s dark and the Moon is a bit higher in the sky. You don’t have to stay up all night to see it, unless you really want to!”
If you are living in Australia or Asia, you will notice that the Moon turns precisely full during the evening hours of November 14. This happens in New Zealand on after midnight November 15. Around the longitudes of Europe or Africa, look both nights.
If you are unlucky the clouds don’t cooperate for you this weekend, you will have another chance next month to see the last supermoon of 2016 on Dec. 14.